More School Records Fall at New England Division III Championships

WATERVILLE, ME—The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team broke two more school records and picked up another first place finish on their second and final day of competition at the New England Division III Championships at Colby's Harold Alfond Stadium Saturday.

The UMass Dartmouth women finished with 18 points overall, while the men scored 17 points.

Junior Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) earned UMD's victory, finishing first in the javelin with a throw of 198 feet, seven inches. 

In the 4 x 100 meter relay, freshman Barbara Okafor (Hyde Park, MA/Boston Latin HS), freshman Michel-Le Meranda (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS), freshman Laquaysia Anderson-Jenkins (Brighton, MA/Brighton HS) and senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) broke the school record by three-hundredths of a second when they finished fifth in 48.43 seconds. Senior Gerald Arneaud (Dorchester, MA/Newton South HS) set a school record when he was sixth in the 400 meter dash in 49.09 seconds.

The women's 4 x 400 meter relay team of Anderson-Jenkins, Meranda, senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier Regional HS) and Van Ness placed fifth in 4:01.85. Anderson-Jenkins ran 100 meters in 12.74 seconds in the trials, placing ninth and just missing the finals. Meranda was 19th in the 400 meter hurdles in 68.72 seconds, the sixth best time in school history. At 400 meters, Van Ness was 20th in 59.82 seconds and Morgan 23rd in 60.08 seconds.

Sophomore Daryl Chingono (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. Stithian's Boys College) was seventh at 100 meters in 11.27 seconds. He ran 200 meters in 22.70 seconds, and Arneaud finished in 22.71 seconds. In the 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Jake Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was seventh in 54.52 seconds.

"It's nice to see our people running, jumping or throwing their best at the end of the season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "We're right in the middle of finals, so some of our people couldn't come. I'm pleased with how we did, and pleased with my assistants, Darren DeAndrade, who coaches the throwers, and Hal Miller, who coaches Gerald Arneaud and the relay teams. It's nice to see them do well."

The Corsairs will compete at the Open New England Championships at Stonehill next weekend.

                                                           

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